At this rate every single Abbott government minister is going to get a lump of coal in their Santa stocking.
Liars/SPC “excessively generous”:
- Yahoo7 news: Fact file: Labour costs not to blame for SPC Ardmona’s woes
- Daily Advertiser: Factory closures are on us
- ABC: SPC ‘rite of passage’ for youth
- Brisbane Times: Investigate claims of burns, say voters
- The Australian Financial Review: Voters trust the ABC, says Nielsen poll
- The AgeTwo-thirds of voters believe there should be an inquiry into allegations the Navy deliberately burnt the hands of asylum seekers, a Fairfax-Nielsen poll finds
TPP negotiations secrecy:
Penny Wong in The Australian: TPP deal is not a trophy
Trade Minister Andrew Robb has been complaining about what he describes as “the deliberate peddling of misinformation” on the Trans-Pacific Partnership ( The Australian, Feb 10). He should recall Tony Abbott’s preelection commitment to “restore accountability and improve transparency measures”.
The wholesale ditching of this commitment isn’t just undemocratic — it has real and negative economic consequences.
The “misinformation” the Trade Minister rails against is gaining momentum because of this government’s refusal to be upfront with Australians about its negotiating parameters.
Questions about the potential impact on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, implications for our copyright regime and the consequences of allowing foreign companies to sue governments for health and environmental reforms are not being answered. Instead, anyone daring to question is attacked and labelled.
In one of his first acts as minister, Robb banished the former government’s trade principles, including transparency, from his department’s website.
Conflicts of Interest:
- Andrew Elder: Catch up Journalism [eta]…make sure you read down to the rant about access journalism vs investigative journalism and the low standards promoted by access journalism[/eta]
- SMH: Staffer Alastair Furnival had links to alcohol industry, helped strip funding from …
- The Age: Fall on your sword, Senator Nash
- The Daily Telegraph: Senator Fiona Nash we want to know what is in our food
BTW, that parliamentary inquiry into the federal government’s commission of audit for commonwealth expenditure that’s being talked up by Abbott et al, and which is looking into the health and welfare sectors this week? They’ve been instructed to only examine expenditure – this government has no interest in examining the revenue side of the budget equation.
What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?
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